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Matthew

Avid audiobook addict!

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos". He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp.

    Matthew says: "Extremely interesting and well-written!"
    "Extremely interesting and well-written!"
    Overall

    The author's a good writer, and the hero is a fascinating guy. Draws you right into what it must have felt like to be escaping through the jungle in Vietnam.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

    Matthew says: "Very compelling!"
    "Very compelling!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has a slow start--for the first couple of hours I thought it was rather tedious, but it becomes hugely exciting. Extremely up-to-date content, stuff that was in the news just a few years or even months ago. Utterly fascinating!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "Extremely thought-provoking."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration is a little dry, but the story is very memorable. This short story is well worth purchasing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rhesus Chart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry - the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats - Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do - especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus. Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection.

    Ethan M. says: "The Laundry series returns to excellent form"
    "Entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The dry British sense of humour in this book, in a modern up-to-date context is a lot of fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (780)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Fun, but poorly written..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's written in the style of "Ready Player One", but the writing is far worse. I'm in the target audience (early middle-age computer geek growing up in the 80's), so I found it an entertaining guilty pleasure. The writer has a poor vocabulary though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "The best Navy Seal book I've ever read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Much more than just a description of exciting battles. Very honest & very personal as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (695)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Good, exciting, violent fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This isn't fine, subtle literature. It's action-packed, violent, gory--not at all nuanced. Like a summer blockbuster movie--fun, but totally non-memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2372)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Extraordinarily witty!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an extremely well written book. Although I haven't enjoyed some of Wil Wheaton's narration in other books, this one is absolutely perfect for him. No wonder that this book has become a classic for scifi geeks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    KENNETH says: "Classic Carolla"
    "Quite entertaining, but repetitive..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only problem for me was that, as an avid Adam Carolla daily podcast listener, I'd heard 99.5% of the stories in this book several times. Though there was very little new, Adam's delivery is always entertaining.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1571)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "Very interesting & entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Much better-than-average scifi writing. Fascinating premise in this series. Looking forward to reading the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse: The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne Gladstone
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

    George says: "A beautiful story"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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